Peer Mentoring

Official Dosomething.org Project

The Problem

High school juniors serve as peer mentors for 8th graders identified by guidance counselors as being at risk for dropping out of school. A sense of belonging is intiated by matching younger students with successful older students. The students will meet twice monthly and participate in community service projects together. The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention states that youth involved in peer mentoring are less likely to drop-out of school or use drugs. The peer mentor will be a positive role model for the younger student. They may work on school work, talk about issues that come with growing up or just socialize. The younger student will benefit from positive influence of the older student. Also, the older student will learn about leadership and communication. Both students will learn about social responsibility through participation in the community service projects of their choice.

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